What flower is that?

Bouncing-Bet, Soapwort

Soapwort flowers
Soapwort plant
Photo credits: ©David G. Smith, http://www.delawarewildflowers.org

The mystery plant for June is a perennial with opposite and entire leaves. The flowers are pink to white and have 5 petals and 5 sepals. The sepals are fused into a tube while the petals are separate. The lanceolate leaves are smooth, 3-5” long and 1-2” wide. This plant grows in waste places and is from 18-30” tall.  It blooms from mid - June to late September.  This plant is not native but introduced from Europe.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Saponaria officinalis
Common Name:
  Bouncing-Bet, Soapwort
Family:
  Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)
Habitat:
  Disturbed areas and fence rows

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